VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota State built a 15-point second half lead and forced two turnovers in the final 30 seconds to defeat South Dakota 70-68Saturday in front of more than 5,000 fans at the DakotaDome.
It was the first win by the visiting team in the series in the last 12 years. South Dakota State earned its second road win in three days to improve to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in the Summit League. South Dakota lost for the third time at home this season and fell to 8-13 and 3-4.
SDSU senior guard Brayden Carlson scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting and fellow senior Jordan Dykstra added 16 points and 11 rebounds to collect his sixth double-double. The Jackrabbits held USD without an offensive rebound until the final minute of the game and won the battle of the boards 32-22.
Sophomore guard Casey Kasperbauer scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Coyotes. Senior center Trevor Gruis made 10 of 12 free throws and all three shots from the field for 16 points. Sophomore point guard Trey Norris added 14 points and three assists.
USD fell behind by seven points early but shot 45 percent in the opening stanza and led 32-31 at halftime. Kasperbauer and teammate Adam Thoseby combined to score 15 first-half points.
Jackrabbit senior guard Chad White scored all eight of his points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. SDSU made eight of its first 14 shots out of break and led 56-41 with 10:30 to go. Dykstra was 3 of 10 from the field, but two of those three makes came as the Jacks built their lead.
Norris, Kasperbauer and Gruis combined to score USD’s final 27 points as the Coyotes mounted their comeback. Norris had 11 points down the stretch, but was called for a charge while driving inside the arc with 23 seconds left as South Dakota trailed 68-66.
USD reserve Tavian Pomlee stole a Jackrabbits’ inbounds pass with 11 seconds remaining and passed ahead to Tyler Larson at half court. Larson drove to the top of the three-point line, reversed direction to pull the ball back out and had it tipped away in traffic before coach Joey James could call his final timeout. Jake Bittle was credited with the steal, was immediately fouled and made two free throws with five seconds left to ice the game.
The Jacks were 22 of 27 from the free-throw line while the Coyotes made 22 of 25. Both teams had eight assists and 12 turnovers. USD shot 44 percent from the field to the Jacks’ 43 percent.
Saturday’s game marked the midway point of the Summit League slate. The Coyotes will play five of their final seven League games on the road startingnext Saturday against Denver in Colorado. Before that, USD will step out of conference to host Peru State at 7 p.m. Tuesday.